Family says good Samaritan believed in giving

11:45 PM, May 31, 2013   |    comments
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Margaret Pittman (Courtesy: Pittman family)

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The family of a good Samaritan killed while trying to help at a crash in Kentwood say they are not filled with anger and hate, just sadness.

"We are confused but not angry," says Adell Pittman. "Angry is not a word you can use about God's work."

Peggy Pittman, 50, was run over by an elderly woman involved in a two-vehicle collision on East Paris Avenue Thursday afternoon.

Pittman had stopped to offer assistance.

At their home on Turner Avenue in Grand Rapids, her husband and three daughters say they are not dwelling on the 76 year old woman who ran over Peggy Pittman with a pickup truck.

Instead, they are focusing on her generous, giving nature and taking some comfort knowing Peggy died the way she lived, trying to help others.

"My wife would give you the shirt off her back," says Adell Pittman. "She always believed in giving as much as possible and being there for anyone she could be there for. She wouldn't hesitate to help you."

The family says they don't know anything about the woman who ran over Peggy Pittman and have deliberately avoided learning the details about her death.

Mr. Pittman says they want to concentrate on supporting each other, holding the family together.

"She was my mom and we fought and bickered," says Jessica Pittman, 22. "But, at the end of the day she was there for me. She helped me more than any other person ever helped me."

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